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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Modest Mouse at SteelStacks, Three Man Cannon at Bourbon and Branch, Trombone Shorty at Ocean City Music Pier

Modest Mouse at SteelStacks in 2014 | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

After re-emerging with a late summer gig at SteelStacks last summer, indie rock icons Modest Mouse are back to the Bethlehem venue tonight with their latest album in tow. Strangers to Ourselves follows up 2007′s We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank in fine form, with frontman Isacc Brock’s wry, observational wordplay taking center stage around driving guitars and pensive arrangements. Tickets for the show are still available and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nuevofest at The Trocadero, The Morelings at Bourbon and Branch, Modern Baseball at the Electric Factory and more

Adhesivos | via facebook.com/adhesivosska
Adhesivo | via facebook.com/adhesivoska

Tonight, AfroTaino productions and World Cafe’s Latin Roots Live concert series join forces to present Nuevofest at The Trocadero. Seven bands with roots in Venezuela, Mexico, the Dominican Republic an the U.S. will perform, from El Salvador ska six-piece Adhesivo to Trenton hip-hop duo Agudos Clef. The 21+ show is free, but you have to RSVP here. Watch a video for “Las Moskas” by Adhesivo below and download a four-song Nuevofest sampler here. Continue reading →

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The Morelings are bringing their ethereal sound to Bourbon & Branch

The Morelings | photo by Lizzy Schwartz | via https://www.facebook.com/themorelings
The Morelings | photo by Lizzy Schwartz | via https://www.facebook.com/themorelings

Local dreamgaze outfit The Morelings will play their first Philly show of the summer at the Bourbon & Branch this Sunday, July 12.

The band emerged into the city’s budding shoegaze/dreampop scene at just the right time last year, evoking a style that favors wispy, crawling melodies and gleaming guitar textures. Vocalist/bassist Kedra Caroline’s voice floats with finesse on the surface of The Morelings’ deep, layered tracks. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: A colorful video for “What Are We Waiting For” by Mike and Ruthy Band

 

The Mike + Ruthy Band | Photo by Eric Gerard
The Mike and Ruthy Band | Photo by Eric Gerard

The Mike and Ruthy Band are a pair dedicated to honoring the heart of folk and Americana. They met as struggling artists in New York City after graduating college and have been creating music ever since, first in The Mammals and currently in their own project.. Their latest full-length release, Bright As You Can, features songs centered on their family- and community-centric mission, and the single “What Are We Waiting For” is no exception. The song is an upbeat summery “anthem,” as Ruthy puts it, perfect for jamming whilst on the open road. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: D’Angelo at The Keswick Theater, Flounder Warehouse at Bourbon and Branch, Stranger Cat at Boot and Saddle and more

D'Angelo | Photo via facebook.com/dangelo
D’Angelo | Photo via facebook.com/dangelo

Modern funk / soul great D’Angelo brings his critically-acclaimed Black Messiah album to the Keswick Theatre tonight. The Second Coming tour features D’Angelo’s band The Vanguard, a star-studded roster of music industry vets: bassist Pino Palladino (who’s played with The Who), guitarists Jesse Johnson and Isaiah Sharkey, drummer Chris “Daddy” Dave, keyboardist Cleo “Pookie” Sample and vocalists Kendra Foster (of George Clinton’s P-Funk), Charlie “Red” Middleton and Jermain Holmes. Anchoring the group is D’Angelo on guitar, keyboards and vocals. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Christopher Brooks releases debut album with members of Hop Along

Christopher Brooks self-titled | via https://christopherbrooks.bandcamp.com/releases
Christopher Brooks self-titled | via https://christopherbrooks.bandcamp.com/releases

Singer-songwriter Christopher Brooks (of the Wayfairs and Conversations with Enemies) is releasing his self-titled debut album on Monday, June 16. For his debut, Brooks brought together a collection of local artists, including Frances Quinlan, Mark Quinlan, and Joe Reinhart of Hop Along, as well as Alex Smith of Cold Fronts. It was recorded at Headroom Studios in Fishtown with Joe Reinhart and Kyle Pulley and mastered by Ryan Schwabe. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gene Ween does Billy Joel at Underground Arts, Port Arthur at Bourbon and Branch, Fine Motor at Boot and Saddle and more

via facebook.com/UndergroundArtsPhilly
via facebook.com/UndergroundArtsPhilly

This spring, Aaron Freeman resurrected his Gene Ween moniker for a series of tribute shows to piano man Billy Joel. He kicked it off in Woodstock, played Brooklyn Bowl last night and brings the show to Underground Arts tonight. According to a report on Jambase, the setlist reads like a Billy Joel greatest hits box set, and the Gener’s approach seems to on point and sincere – even on the softer, sensitive moments like “She’s Always A Woman,” that would be easy to skewer with irony. Nope, he’s clearly a devotee, meaning tonight’s show has great potential for a massive singalong love fest. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: The Burgeoning

The Burgeoning | Photo by Brant Fuller
The Burgeoning | Photo by Brant Fuller

Philly four-piece The Burgeoning has one leg firmly planted in the indie-dance nightclubs of the Making Time set, while the other one reaches ambitiously for the poppy world of arena rock. The band caught our ear last year with their debut single “Lighthouse” and a solid sonic recipe: tight playing, unique arrangements and big, big hooks. Quick points of reference would be Real Estate and Bastille. Since releasing their Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm EP, the band has been going hard on the Philly live music circuit, honing their craft, sharpening their form and whipping up an on-point cover of “Message In a Bottle” by The Police.

The cover appears in the band’s Key Studio Session, and as you’ll hear, it’s practically custom designed for frontman Logan Thierjung’s elastic voice. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cassavetes’ “lost” Key Studio Session, see them at Bourbon and Branch

Philadelphia punk four-piece Cassavetes is parting ways, but not before one final acoustic appearance at Bourbon and Branch. The band, centered around the songwriting of Josh Agran (who’s also played in Paint It Black, Pet Milk and Nothing in the past) released its Oh So Long LP last summer and, as I said at the time, its Fugazi influences shined through as much as its reverence for 90s rock like Soundgarden.

Cassavetes is composed of Agran on guitar and lead vocals, Patrick McCunney (of Kill the Man Questions) on guitar, Jonathan Murphy (of Sore Saints) on drums and Chris Sigda (of Likers) on bass, and back in the winter, the band came into XPN studios to record a set that mixed old songs and new, electric songs and acoustic. The set sounded great – the electric songs packed a massive punch, while the acoustic selections simmered just as intensely – but the band’s show calendar was, at that point, empty. Continue reading →